ID : N-1379 Date : 2018/03/01 - 11:17
(Persia Digest) – Two works by Swiss sculptor, Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) – Standing Woman, Walking Man – standing al fresco in the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA) gardens, have been moved inside in the presence of the Swiss Ambassador to Tehran. To show the importance of this surrealist style artist for the Swiss, the Ambassador was carrying a 100 CHF note from the eighth banknote series with the portrait of the artist printed on the front.
Giacometti’s two sculptures had been standing in the Museum grounds for over forty years. They were finally transferred inside the building yesterday to be sheltered from the acid rains and polluted air of the capital.
Oliver Wake, former museum curator for the Swiss Buhler Foundation, said: “I would like to thank Hans Peter Marti, senior restorer of Giacometti’s works, who advised us in this project. He has spent over forty years on Giacometti’s sculptures and voluntarily accepted to accompany me to Tehran to take care of moving the sculptures with the TMoCA team.”
Hans Peter Marti, who has worked with the TMoCA on a voluntary basis since 1995, also said at the ceremony: “These two sculptures have suffered only superficial damages. We are not worried now they are inside the museum.”
By showing the CHF 100 note (USD 100), Ambassador Marcus Leitner added: “This is the most used banknote in Switzerland. As you know, we take finances seriously and if you take a close look at the note, you will see the two sculptures printed on it.”